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Celebrating Twenty Years at Palisades Center

It’s been a spectacular year for Palisades Center and the four level shopping, dining, and entertainment destination thanks all of its supporters, merchants, restaurants, Clarkstown officials, event coordinators, community partners, and the staff that truly makes the center a destination for all!


Since our opening on March 4th, 1998, Palisades Center has been a destination for local residents and travelers alike from around the world, attracting 24 million guests every year. Palisades Center offers guests over 225 different experiences from shopping, dining and entertainment options!



“We were thrilled to celebrate twenty years of Palisades Center, showcasing our milestones and the evolution of the destination,” says Darrin Houseman, General Manager of Palisades Center. “We’re proud to join the community in broadcasting all it has become, the region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, to the world, from Canada to China and everywhere in between. We’re excited to celebrate this important milestone with the Rockland County community and beyond as we look to the future of Palisades Center—the center of it all.”


The 20th anniversary was only the beginning of thrilling programs that guests were able to experience in 2018. From a Lunar New Year cultural event to a Noiseless Dance Party, and a Circus, Palisades Center played host to a variety of programs for all to enjoy!



Some may not know, but Palisades Center supports numerous non-profit organizations and this year, we were honored to partner with even more! One of our favorite events featured Autism Speaks. During #WorldAutismMonth, Autism Speaks partnered with Palisades Center to host two sensory performances with the Rock n’ Rollers and The Luckiest Penny to enhance public knowledge to and spread word of the organization’s mission.



“As a music therapist, I am honored to work with such a wonderful group of young, talented and kind musicians. They inspire everyone who has heard them perform through their passion, energy and love of music and kindness towards each other. Through their music and attitude they show the world what they are capable of and can do, rather than what they can’t do,” says music therapist and Rock n’ Rollers lead, Jeffrey Friedberg MT-BC, LCAT.


Palisades Center not only supports events within doors, but outside as well. Steps away from The Cheesecake Factory, Community Blood Services held three blood drives! Community Blood Services is a non-for-profit organization that hosts numerous blood drives with four donor centers and on-going off-site events for hospitals across the New Jersey and New York regions.  Donations of blood and blood products, umbilical cord blood, stem cells and bone marrow join individuals, organizations, businesses and communities together in partnership to help save lives. While positioned at Palisades Center, the drives saved 57 lives from community donors!



Continuing the support of our community, we were honored to work with county officials from the Office of the Aging’s National Senior Citizen Day annual walk, the Department of Health’s vaccination clinic, and the Department of Social Services’ holiday fundraiser.



Our most recent walk came from our partnership with United Way of Rockland. For the past three years, Laps for Literacy is a family walk-a-thon to campaign for a variety of programs throughout Rockland County including Parent Child Home Program and After Schools Playgroups, tuition scholarships, and school districts.



Laps for Literacy is always a pleasure to host at Palisades Center before the holiday season begins. On Friday, November 9th, Santa returned from the North Pole to meet and greet with families of all ages to spread holiday cheer in West Nyack!



During his magical tree lighting showcase, Santa was joined by friends and listened to a wonderful jazz performance by the Candice Reyes Quintet. “The evening is a wonderful reminder of the holiday season,” said Assistant Marketing Director, Catherine Horvath. “Bringing the community together for this special event demonstrated what it means to be the most wonderful time of the year!”


Continuing to spread the holiday cheer throughout Palisades Center, Santa joined our Munchkin Monday families for three special events including Storytime, Painting with Santa at Color Me Mine, and Santa’s Toy Shoppe at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Extended, furry members of the family also met with Santa on selected evenings for a special portrait session, sponsored by Hi Tor Animal Center.


Returning for the second year in a row, the Monsey Parade held their Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 2nd on the first night of Chanukah. Over 300 guests celebrated for blessings, live entertainment, and holiday donuts!



As a family-friendly destination, Palisades Center welcomes young children and their parents to participate in our Munchkin Monday programs! Munchkin Monday is our kid’s club where we take you on a journey throughout the center from climbing new heights with Palisades Climb Adventure for a free hour of play to our summer concert series!



This year, Palisades Center welcomed numerous merchants and restaurants to our eclectic portfolio mix. Most recently, freshly-made, quick-service Shah’s Halal Food and Canadian fashion retailer Ardene, both opened their doors one week before the Thanksgiving holiday week.


Shah’s Halal Food originated with one cart in 2005 within the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens. The restaurant gives thanks to their loyal customers whom supported them as they expanded around New York. The fast, casual restaurant specializes in gyros, kabobs, and various sandwiches. Each meal is prepared in front of guests to build their custom meal and small trays of baklava are offered.



Ardene is well known for its fun, colorful vibe. and accessible style, operating over 375 stores in Canada. The Palisades Center location marks Ardene’s third New York store, with others in Albany and Staten Island. The retailer offers a vast assortment of accessibly priced clothing, footwear, and accessories, popular with youth and adults alike. Customers can expect a weekly selection of new arrivals, comfy basics, trends, and exciting brand collaborations, such as Ardene’s exclusive KENDALL & KYLIE collection.



“Rolling on” with our list of new venues, Rolling Cow is Rockland County’s first rolled ice cream vendor and has been a trending topic on various social platforms for quite some time. Stir-fried ice cream, or commonly known as “rolled ice cream,” is a sweetened, frozen dessert that originated in Southeast Asia. The cream and additive toppings are spread across atop an ice pan where the ingredients become one. With signature flavors including Cookies ‘n’ Cream, Pineapple Coconut, and Asian Black Sesame, guests can request a simple, classic flavor with toppings and syrups or go bold in flavor. The “crème anglaise” used has no artificial flavors or preservatives. The team was able to create four hundred customized sundaes for guests throughout their opening weekend.



The most talked-about topic on our social platforms revolved around a small bakery kiosk. Cinnabon opened their doors in May and become Kosher certified in August.  “Everyone deserves to treat themselves once in a while and there’s no better way than biting into the genuine goodness of a Cinnabon product,” said Cinnabon President Joe Guith.



New last year at Palisades Center was our digital signs! Advertising opportunities have greatly enhanced guest experience as our new digital directories guide them through the center. The Palisades Spectacular! was recently unveiled within the ThEATery on Level Four with video and audio capabilities, and featured an exclusive ball-drop for New Year’s Eve Celebrations!



“Congratulations and best wishes to [Palisades Center] on twenty years of success!” said Town Supervisor, George Hoehmann.  “[Palisades Center] has become a staple in the Town of Clarkstown and a most desirable shopping and entertainment destination for the entire region.  On behalf of the Town of Clarkstown, I wish you much continued success!”


Coming in 2019


We’ve been hard at work preparing a year of spectacular new and annual events, partnerships, and a list of new merchants joining the Palisades Center family!


Blu Alehouse will be opening their doors within the ThEATery Court, next to AMC Theaters. Blu Alehouse tastefully combines New American dining, and an upscale sports bar atmosphere into one. With two distinct personalities, Blu Alehouse is a family restaurant by day, and an unforgettable nightlife experience after dark.



Not only will we be honored to welcome new merchants, but help enhance another! Bath & Body Works, located on Level Three near Crocs will begin renovations for their White Barn addition. Bath & Body Works will relocate to a new location and remain open during renovations.


In addition, Palisades Center will host new events, including a St. Patrick’s Day cultural event and a food truck festival.


Continuing to enhance experiences for all ages of the family, from June to August, the Family Music Showcase will include performances for Munchkin Monday families every Monday with new and veteran performers; young adult performances on behalf of Bach to Rock and other local schools; and more!


Rockland-Bergen Music Festival & School of Rock is now performing LIVE at Palisades Center!

Posted by Palisades Center on Saturday, June 9, 2018


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